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Discover the art of dying well

Discover the art of dying well

Creating Conversations in Croydon is encouraging people to have open conversations about death and dying in a new event

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5 March 2019

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Creating Conversations in Croydon is holding an event at Croydon’s Braithwaite Hall on 20 March 2019 to encourage people to have open conversations about death and dying, and how we all want to be treated at the end of our lives.

The open forum event, called The Art of Dying Well, will run from 6pm – 9pm and is free to attend and open to all. Creating Conversations in Croydon invited faith leaders and professionals who work with people nearing the end of life in Croydon to join members of the public to share ideas about what’s important in our last stage of life, and how care for the dying and those close to them can be made better and more accessible in the Borough.

More than half the deaths in Croydon occur in a hospital, according to data published last year by Public Health England, despite most studies pointing out that people prefer to die in the place they are usually cared for rather than in a hospital. 

Talking more openly with people about what they want to happen at the end of their life, the options available to them, and ensuring the right support is in place to help make those wishes possible is crucial, according to Carol Trower from Creating Conversations in Croydon.

We want to start discussions about death and dying so that people in Croydon can have a much better death more in line with their wishes

Carol Trower, Creating Conversations in Croydon

Carol says, “There are lots of great support services available in Croydon for patients and their families who are nearing the end of life. But all too often, people don’t know what to ask for or how to find these services. Or they are given help in just the very last few days of life, when they could have been receiving support to help them live life to the full for many months.”

“We want this event to start discussions about death and dying so that people in Croydon can have a much better death more in line with their wishes, and which offers them, and those close to them, a much greater sense of peace at the end of their lives.”

Local health and social care professionals will attend the event to share information about the kinds of services already available and how to access them, as well as join discussions with local people about what a ‘good death’ actually looks like and how it could be improved in Croydon. 

Confirmed attendees include representatives from local faith groups, NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group; Marie Curie; Cruse Bereavement Care, St Christopher’s Hospice and Croydon University Palliative Care team. 

The event will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 6-9pm at Braithwaite Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET and refreshments will be provided.

Join the conversation at this free event by booking via https://theartofdyingwell.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information visit Creating Conversations in Croydon or contact Carol Trower at c.trower@stchristophers.org.uk

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